Plastic Wrap Alcohol Ink and Spray Paint Cylindrical Vase

I've been enjoying finding new ways and different objects that I can try out the plastic wrap method for applying alcohol ink. I came into the possession of several of these cylinder vases and was trying to think of what I could do with them. I had some success using the plastic wrap method on a glass vase where I used spray paint, so I thought I'd try that again, but this time with a different shaped vase, some lighter colors of ink, and a different color of spray paint.

So I laid out my craft mat, a sheet of plastic wrap (I used Glad Cling Wrap--not press and seal), and some alcohol inks.

Making sure the plastic wrap stayed a bit rumpled, I squirted and dripped my alcohol ink on in a random pattern until the plastic wrap was covered in an area about the size of my vase.

Then I set the vase onto the plastic wrap and wrapped it around the vase. Then I set it aside to dry. When using this method with vases, be sure to put something underneath them to catch whatever ink seeps out of the bottom while it dries. I usually just leave it on a craft mat until it's dry. It takes 12-24 hours for the ink to dry completely (depending on temperature and humidity). I usually just leave it for a day and then come back to it. The nice part about this method is that if you're busy, you can leave the plastic wrap on it indefinitely until you have time to peel it off. I got busy with other projects and our early spring weather turned back into winter for a while, and since I knew I wanted to spray paint this one, I left the plastic wrap on it for about 3 weeks. I didn't notice any adverse affects from waiting to peel the plastic off.

You can see how much lighter the inks appear after they've dried. Some inks stay really saturated in color on glass, but most turn very translucent.

The last time I made a spray paint backed vase using this method, I sprayed the vase before I inked it. This time, I thought I'd try spraying it afterward. I already had the outside covered in plastic wrap, so I just made sure the top edge was still secure but not folded inside the vase and got to painting.

I selected the off white paint sort of on accident. I went down into the basement where I keep my craft supplies and meant to grab regular white paint, but when I got upstairs, I noticed it was off white (Heirloom White). I figured it would work and give a softer appearance that would go nicely with the softer colors, so why not?

I gave the inside of the vase a couple of light coats of spray paint and left it to dry for about an hour.

The conditions were good for spray painting (warm and dry) so the paint dried quickly. I peeled my plastic wrap off and was left with a lovely vase.

Leaving the plastic wrap on and painting after the inking was completed and dried worked out pretty well. Next time I may want to tape the top edge to get a perfect paint line, but I had very little spray over, and the off white paint looked lovely with the pastel shades of ink.


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